Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
A request for a conditional use permit was the featured topic of the evening at the May 14 meeting of the Edgerton Planning Commission.
The request was made for a proposed lighted billboard at 20080 Homestead Lane in Edgerton. The billboard would sit on a large parcel of land at 199th Street and Homestead Lane. The request was made by Tim Gates, of Agnes Gates Realty, on behalf of Jeffrey and Jennifer Thorp.
A protest petition had been previously filed recently with the city. The protest petition did not affect the planning commission’s consideration of the issue.
After listening to Tim Gates speak in favor of the project and to several homeowners near the proposed site of the billboard voice their opposition, the commissioners voted 3-1 to deny the conditional use permit. One commissioner expressed the opinion that the billboard’s location could be a safety issue for motorists traveling along Interstate-35, adjacent to the under-construction Homestead Lane interchange.
The planning commission’s decision to deny the conditional use permit is only a recommendation and not a legally binding decision. The issue will now be considered by the Edgerton City Council at their May 23rd meeting. Because of the previously received protest petition, three-quarters of the city council must approve the conditional use permit in order for it to become a reality. If the council denies the permit, the issue will be closed.
The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Edgerton Planning Commission is Tuesday, June 11, 2013.